Guest Artist Speaker Series: Christopher Wheeldon

  • Christopher Wheeldon

CTSA International Initiatives

Guest Artist Speaker Series: Global Perspectives and Artistic Practice

Christopher Wheeldon

In conversation with UCI Professors Vitor Luiz and Lisa Naugle


Wednesday, March 3, 2021
10:00-11:20 a.m.
Free and open to the public.

Virtual Zoom Webinar Link

This series intends to engage the UCI community with national and international participants and focuses on the diversity of artistic practices.

Christopher Wheeldon, O.B.E. (Director & Choreographer) trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, he has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies.

In 2007, Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. He now serves as Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet and has created many works for the company including ​Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland​ and ​The Winter’s Tale​. Career highlights include directing and choreographing the musical version of ​An American In Paris​, which had productions in Paris, on Broadway, and in London (2014). The world premiere of The Joffrey Ballet’s ​The Nutcracker (​ 2016), the gala presentation of Lerner & Leowe’s ​Brigadoon​ at New York City Center (2017), ​An American In Paris​ and ​Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland​ in Tokyo, and the premiere for ​Corybantic Games​ and a re-staged version of ​Cinderella​ (2019).

Among Wheeldon’s awards are a Tony Award ® for Best Choreography, an Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, the ​Dance Magazine​ Award, multiple London Critic’s Circle Awards, the Léonide Massine Prize for new choreography, the Benois de la Danse, and he is an Olivier Award winner. In 2016, he was named an O.B. E. and was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Photo Credit: Angela Sterling